The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement branch has awarded crypto exchange giant Coinbase a $1.36 million contract for “commercial applications” and “software.” application development software,” according to the Federal Procurement Data System.
The New Deal is Coinbase’s largest federal contract to date. The deal was signed on Thursday and is worth about forty times more than Coinbase’s latest deal with the Homeland Security arm.
On August 9, this year, ICE paid Coinbase $29,000 for forensic software. According to an August 3 document, the contract was awarded to Coinbase on the basis that the company was “the only supplier that could reasonably provide the services required by the agency.” rare. The same document then states: “This requirement is LAW EFFECTIVE, so minimal information will be made publicly available.
ICE is not the first government agency to request Coinbase services. Last year, Coinbase announced its desire to sell analytics tools to two branches of the US government: the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Inland Revenue Service.
IRS said they could use some of the analytics tools to help catch those blockchain-savvy tax evaders, including “Coinbase Analytics,” formerly known as Neutrino. Coinbase acquired Neutrino in 2019 for $13.5 4,444. This was a controversial deal at the time, as Neutrino members were affiliated with an Italian organization called Hacking Team, which sold spyware to dictatorships in Saudi Arabia. Sudan and Venezuela.
Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong later expressed regret for buying it and fired the more suspicious members of the team. Coinbase then holds transaction analysis software with both the Secret Service and the IRS.
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